October 2nd, 2010
10:58 AM ET
4 years ago

O'Donnell and meatballs

(CNN) – Delaware Republican Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell says she tried "every other kind of religion," including witchcraft and Buddhism but became a Christian because of her love of Italian food.

"I would have become a Hare Krishna, but I didn't want to become a vegetarian," O'Donnell said in an interview with Bill Maher in 1999. "And that is honestly the reason why, because I'm Italian and I love meatballs."


The clip originally aired on Maher's show "Politically Incorrect" on July 9, 1999, and ran again Friday on "Real Time with Bill Maher." It is the third clip Maher has aired of O'Donnell since she won the GOP's Senate nomination in Delaware last month. O'Donnell appeared on "Politically Incorrect" 22 times in the 1990s.

O'Donnell has been in the national spotlight the past few weeks for her controversial comments on religion, sex and witchcraft.

The most recent CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll of likely voters in Delaware released September 22nd had O'Donnell trailing her Democratic opponent, Chris Coons by 16 points.

The winner of the November election will fill the remaining four years of Vice President Joe Biden's Senate term. Former Biden aide Ted Kaufman is currently the interim replacement.

The O'Donnell campaign did not return a CNN request for comment.

Bill Maher will be on CNN's John King, USA every night next week at 7 p.m. ET.


Filed under: 2010 • Christine O'Donnell • Delaware
soundoff (114 Responses)
  1. carly

    O'Donnel is Italian? what did she change it from Donnelli? :-)

    October 2, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  2. BD70

    O'Donnell has no views today or in the past. She is a liar and a thief. She already tried the national media stage and ran back to Delaware to hide. Good place for her. Let them deal.

    October 2, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  3. vic, Nashville TN

    “Became a Christian because of her love of Italian food”.

    “We can see Russia form our back yard”

    America do we need leaders like them

    October 2, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  4. Desk Job

    You know, it's one thing to be on a comedy show and be funny in a tongue-in-cheek kinda way, but her "clips" aren't her being funny this way. She's truly stating things about herself and seems to try to back-peddle everytime she says something stupid. Unfortunately for her, her back-peddling just leads to more stupidity.

    As an independent i'm worried the Repubs are going to become a joke and be mariginalized and not be a counter for the Dems or, even worse, people like this moron are going to start getting electected and then we're really in trouble.

    October 2, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  5. sara

    This article is very misleading.

    October 2, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  6. Aperture f/6

    @phoenix86. – Neocon/Republican Hypocracy. Human Life begins at conception (a 2 celled organism) and must be protected, unless it is a born human sentenced to death by this country (other countries' death sentences – stoning, hanging, beheading, and firing squads – are barbaric) must be put to death.

    The Christian Rights view of "Freedom of Religion" – "Americans are free to practice their CHRISTIAN faith wherever they choose. All others have to do it somewhere else.

    October 2, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  7. Steve (the real one)

    CNN, Is an 11 year old interview the best you've got? Let's see something on the "Bearded Marxist" for a change. You are concerned about her love for meatballs, when her opponent is a self proclaimed Marxist? Really, CNN? Really?

    October 2, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  8. David

    And that ladies and gentlemen is how Chris Coons won the Election!

    October 2, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  9. ehwilson429

    CNN remains in the dark.
    this election is not about hearsay and rumors.
    it's about wheteher people have jobs and the
    politicians interfering in business and making
    things worse.

    October 2, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  10. jim

    The Liberals say "I can't beleive someone would vote for her, she does not belong in the Senate" while Pelosi and Reid are playing on the tube in the background...Oh My!

    October 2, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  11. jim

    So the Entire left wing are getting their political education from a comedy show, that sounds about right.

    October 2, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  12. Gene

    I don't blame Ms. O'Donnell. It's all her mom's fault for letting Christine eat those paint peelings.

    October 2, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  13. maher in a time-warp

    Christine in the last 'clip' talks in the past tense as in when I was a teenager I dabbled in meatball religion, witchcraft and other crazy things but has since then matured and moved on...the same cannot be said of Bill Maher...poor loney man living in a time-warp...still anti-everything...anti-Religion. anti-American and most of all anti-Friends....Do we think Christine O'Donnell will appear on the Maher show? She will not stoop into Bill Mahers' gutter..............................................!

    October 2, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  14. Thersa

    Finally a good reason to become a Christian.

    October 2, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  15. drew

    And this is one of O'Donnell's more rationale responses to why she's chosen a particular path.

    October 2, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  16. Matt

    It's hard to not think O'Donnell and Palin aren't part of some Christian fundamentalist sleeper group formed in the 90s and just waiting until the political climate in this country was so destabilized by right-wing nuttery that it became possible for their brand of loony thinking to appear palatable to disenchanted voters.

    October 2, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  17. wilson

    So, this is the best of what the holy Tea Baggers have to offer? Hot looking brunettes that happen to be stupid too? I kind of hope these buffoons get into office! What better way to spend 4 years than to be LMAO at them. Seriously though... I have no problem with O'Donnell. I would love to have a meatball sandwich with her and Palin. I also think she would look very good bobbing up and down on.... ah, well.. never mind. Sorry, it's just so hard to take them seriously.

    October 2, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  18. Jeff

    Generally smear campaigns involve falsehoods. In this case it's more a case of collective liberal ROFL.

    October 2, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    my problem is that there appears 2 ignorance & msudrstndng of wht Chrstianty reallyis. Th nme'Christians 'was givn 2 th fllwers of Jesus, by th pple of Antioch., aftr Hs dth&rsrction. th reason??m Becz Brnabssv

    October 2, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  20. Chris

    I think everyone is missing the point. It's not a smear campaign by Maher or liberals. It's called contradictory information. Imagine this as a trial, Christine O'Donnell tells you, the jury, I've always been a god-loving Christian. The other party in the trial is allowed to present Ms. O'Donnell's prior statements to you, the jury, so that you can weigh her two statements and determine which you give more credibility to. You don't have to believe either side, but you should at least be aware if someone claims to be something they're not once they begin running for office. Do you really want to elect someone based on campaign lies only to find out after they are elected that their prior statements were actually accurate to the politician's true beliefs?

    Knowing conflicting statements is worthwhile, but it's up to you the voter to decide which side of the coin you believe is the real candidate you will be voting on.

    October 2, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  21. David

    Well, this makes as much sense as any other reason for choosing a religion. Still, she could have gone the Church Of The Flying Spaghetti Monster route and still had the meatballs, and they have better t shirts.

    October 2, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  22. JM

    Did you ever hear of sarcasm people. Sounds like O'Donnell has.

    October 2, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  23. MontanaTrace

    She certainly has been one to experiment. So? I'd rather have her representing my interests than her low life opponent.

    October 2, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  24. David H

    I hope the citizens of states that elect idiots like Christine or Sharon or Mr. "I'm Macho" from Alaska realize that they are really throwing away participation in Congressional decisions. What current senator in his/her right mind could take these people seriously?

    October 2, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  25. Joe, San Diego

    She had her opportunity to voice her thoughts on Hot topics of the day(back in 1999) she blew it with her silly comical comments... she chose to make those comments... funny how people don't like Bill revisiting her comments a a reference to her thinking capacity BUT President Obama went to a church where a Rev made racial comments and he is held accountable... funny how Sarah speaks craziness never answers a questions just replies with what President Obama isn't doing... McCain can't remember he has 6 homes but we expect him to remember the American people are jobless please
    The point is know your candidate investigate do background checks listen to these people not just vote for a pretty face or a skin colour or a gender understand and know what these politicians believe in simply put!

    October 2, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
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